Welcome to our COVID response page. Below you’ll find all the critical information about how PS 349 is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection.

We are following all CDC and New York State guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, students, and families. We will update the information here as conditions change, so please check back regularly.

The NYCDOE website also has important information and resources for you regarding the 2020-2021 school year.

To stay up to date with any changes to procedures or scheduling, please bookmark this page on your browser. Sign up for email updates for our News page. Make sure to activate your Operoo account so that you can receive updates and complete necessary forms for your child. If you need help with your Operoo account, please email

*As on Monday, December 7th, all students in Cohorts A and B are required to have a COVID-19 Testing Consent Form on file to continue in-person learning.

Last Updated: February 26, 2021

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All students are expected to participate in learning 5 days a week. 

View our 2020-2021 school calendar online. It will be updated with events as they are scheduled!



The 2020-2021 school year will be a blended learning schedule. That means that your child will be in school some days and working from home some days. We are following NYCDOE's Model 1B schedule. We have two groups of students participating in blending learning, called Cohort A and Cohort B. Cohort A will be coded in yellow, and students will attend school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Cohort B will be coded in purple, and students will attend school on Thursdays and Fridays. Cohort A and Cohort B will rotate attendance on Mondays. Students will participate in remote learning on the days they do not attend school. 100% Remote students  are in Cohort D. Fully remote days are coded in green on our calendar.

Our official school hours are 8:30AM to 2:00PM. No students will be allowed into the building before 8:30AM. Dismissal will begin at 1:45PM for Pre-K and Kindergarten, and 1:50PM for Grades 1-5. All arrival and dismissal procedures will take place in the front schoolyard. Please note that your child will not be admitted to school on the days when their Cohort is not scheduled.  

Model 1B Learning Schedule

All students are responsible for participating in learning 5 days a week, no matter if they are in person or learning remotely.


You may change to remote learning at any time by contacting Ms. Lozano at and completing the NYCDOE Learning Preference SurveyThe window to change from Remote Learning to Blended Learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year was from November 2 to November 15 using the NYCDOE Learning Preference Survey. The survey is now closed.


Please fill out the Daily Health Screener at home before coming to school and be ready to show your results to a staff member when you arrive! If you do not complete this form electronically, you will be given a paper form to fill out and have a mandatory temperature check.


If you have any questions about PS 349's COVID-19 plan, please contact the COVID-19 Planning Team:


Phone: (718) 558-6220


NYCDOE has released an updated Attendance Policy for the 2020-2021 school year. As schools prepare to transition to a blended learning environment in the fall of 2020, New York State is requiring the NYCDOE to track student attendance for reporting, state aid, and instructional purposes.  Moving forward, the NYCDOE will use “attendance” and not “interaction” as a measure of student engagement and instructional time in remote and in-person learning settings. This is a return to a more traditional definition and practice of taking attendance, aligned to New York State Education Law. In 2020–21, the NYCDOE will track and follow up upon the attendance for every student every day (Monday through Friday), regardless as to whether those students are engaged in remote or in-person learning.

The definition of “present” is as follows:

  • In Person: Student is physically present in the classroom / school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.

  • Remote: Student is virtually present in a virtual learning environment for synchronous (live) instruction during the scheduled school day. For students in Pre-K, participation in asynchronous (not live) activities can count as daily attendance. 


PS 349 has implemented a number of changes to ensure everyone's safety.

Face Coverings​

  • Students can remove masks for breaks, during instruction, and meals as long as they are social distancing​

  • Masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible​

  • Masks can be cloth-based or surgical covering that covers mouth and nose​​

Social Distancing​

  • Students must maintain 6 feet of space between desks​

Food Services​

  • Breakfast and lunch will be served for on-site and remote students​

  • Meals must be social distanced and can take place outside the cafeteria​

  • Cleaning and disinfecting between students​

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection​

  • All staff and students will be trained in hand washing and hygiene ​

  • Custodial staff will clean  throughout the day​

  • Cleaning logs will be maintained​

Screening for All​

  • Each day, all individuals entering the building will have their temperature checked and answer health screening questions.​

  • Individuals who have a temperature greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will be denied entry.

Contact Tracing​

  • The school is responsible for notifying State and local health department immediately if anyone tests positive for COVID19​

  • The infected person’s identity must remain confidential


  • If an individual in the school develops symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day, he/she will be safely cared for in the nurse’s office​

  • Designated spot for individuals who develop symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day ​

  • Safety guidelines for guardians to pick up children with symptoms

  • Individuals who had COVID-19 will be required to quarantine before returning to school. *A doctor’s note will be required to return to school​

  • Anyone in contact with a student/staff member who tests positive  for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for 2 weeks​

  • If school needs to be closed, families will be notified as soon as possible​

Safety Precautions Taken by PS 349

  • In addition to asking everyone to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain social distancing, our school has taken several steps to improve the safety of our staff and students. These steps have been recommended by local health authorities to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

  • Changes in class sizes: We've reduced the average class size from 32 to 9-12 for in-person instruction.

  • Improvements in ventilation: In an effort to maximize air circulation, we are opening windows whenever possible. 

  • Increases in cleaning frequency: Our custodial team is committed to thoroughly cleaning all classrooms. Electrostatic spray cleaner approved by the CDC will be used to clean classrooms each night. In addition, all classroom teachers have been provided with sanitizing wipes to wipe down surfaces and shared resources on an as-needed basis throughout the school day. 

  • Hand sanitation: All bathrooms have been stocked with extra soap for frequent hand washing. In addition, we have provided teachers with hand sanitizer for the classroom and added hand sanitizer stations in common areas. 


Blended learning combines in-class instruction and at-home learning. This allows us to limit the number of students in the building each day for safe social distancing, while still ensuring that students can benefit from direct interaction with teachers and peers. 

  • During days in class, teachers will provide direct whole-class instruction and small-group instruction. These days will be used primarily to introduce new topics, provide small group and one-on-one instructional support, and conduct assessments to monitor student progress towards standards. 

  • Students will be assigned additional activities to work on independently for there at-home learning days. These activities will allow students to apply and practice what they learned in class. There will be a combination of technology-based learning activities and offline worksheets, projects, and writing assignments. At-home learning activities are an important part of the learning process and will be graded. 

  • Students with IEPs or 504 plans will receive their mandated services.


During 100% Remote Learning and blended learning at home, your child is expected to complete all assignments provided by the teacher. At the same time, we recognize that working independently at home is different and difficult for many students, so we want to provide flexibility. 

  • Students and families should check Google Classroom daily for important updates from their teachers.

  • During remote learning, your teacher may conduct live classes via Zoom during the hours of 8:30AM to 2:00PM. Check Google Classroom for your live class schedule.

  • When signing in for virtual classes or meetings, students are expected to be on time, appropriately dressed, and ready to learn. We suggest signing in 5 minutes before class starts. Please try to reduce background noise and distractions as much as possible. Your child may benefit from using headphones with their device.


We are committed to making sure that all students can successfully connect to online learning during their at-home learning days. 

  • If your student needs a laptop or tablet, fill out the Device Request Form to reserve your device. 

  • Borrowed devices should be used for school purposes only and kept in a secure location. Take your device with you on in-school days. 

  • If you do not have internet access at home, there are various providers offering free internet access or special accommodations.

  • If you are having trouble connecting to Google Classroom, Zoom, or any of our online learning resources, contact Ms. Reda for tech support at

  • For additional tech support, you can fill out a support ticket with NYCDOE.


Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

  • No one will be turned away at any time

  • All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time

  • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites



We know that many families are struggling during this time, and we are here to help. 

  • We are providing free breakfast and lunch for all students during in-school days. Students and families needing additional food support may pick up free meals through the Meal Hub program (see link to the left). 

  • Please contact Ms. Lozano at if your family has lost housing, is experiencing a crisis, or needs additional support during this time. 

  • There are many community resources available for families who need help with housing support, utilities, mental health services, crisis services, and other supports during this time. Use the quick links to the right to connect with more community resources. 

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